Prewriting for Research Reports
Of all the forms of academic writing, research reports require the most planning. The good news is that the extra attention you give to prewriting will make it easier for you to draft your report.
Prewriting to Select a Topic
For your report, you will research an important person from the past or present. As you consider topic choices, note people who truly interest you, because you will be spending a lot of time learning about them.
Create a cluster.
Create a cluster about historical figures from social studies, science, or math. Add names in the first branch of circles. Write a detail about the person in the second branch. Finally, put a star by the person you want to write about. Make a copy of this Google doc or download a Word template.
Other Ways to Discover Topic Ideas
Search online or scan your school books for influential figures. Also try freewriting for topics.
Prewriting for Research Questions
Now that you have decided on a topic for your report, you need to find out what you already know about the person and what you want to learn.